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Date Published: April 3, 2011

Local Pharmacist and Technician Attend Compounding Training Class

Jim Spanopoulos, R.Ph and Stacy Anderson recently attended a four-day pharmacy compounding training course in Houston, Texas. Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) hosted pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the United States and Canada at its hands-on Comprehensive Compounding Course (C3). Compounding is the pharmacy method of custom-preparing medications to meet each prescriber’s and patient’s individual needs.

At PCCA's training course, Fagen Pharmacy compounded a number of dosage forms, including gels, lip balms, tropical preparations, veterinary preparations, and capsules. Different flavorings were taste-tested and multiple options for medications were presented.

"Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or are sensitive to standard drug strengths says," Jim Spanopoulos. "With a physician's prescription, a compounding pharmacist can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier for the patient to ingest, and add flavor to it to make it more palatable. The pharmacist also can prepare the medication using several unique delivery systems, such as a lozenge, lollipop, or transdermal gel. Preparing these customized medications allows compounding pharmacists to achieve their ultimate goal: to help the physician and patient achieve a more positive therapeutic outcome."

The compounding lab will be open for operation in Fagen Pharmacy's Valparaiso pharmacy at 3125 N. Calumet Avenue.

Fagen Pharmacy is an independently owned and operated chain with 22 locations serving Northwest Indiana and Illinois.